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Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle
of Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle of MOFGA-certified organic Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield. The two MOFGA journeypersons raise vegetables on permanent beds using minimal tillage, a biodiesel walk-behind tractor and a variety of hand tools, including a broad fork. They also use organic seed and local, organic compost on the 3 acres they have in rotation. An unheated greenhouse, a seedling house, caterpillar tunnels and low hoops help extend the growing season. Laying hens and guinea hogs root around, while a neighbor's goats and sheep rotate around Crooked Door's nearly 14 acres of pasture. Balbo and Towle market through their CSA, at the Gardiner Area Farmers' Market, the Gardiner Co-op & Café, the Sheepscot General Store and from their farm. Learn more on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Blueberry ‘posset’ perfect dish for the season
Bangor Daily News - 8/22/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – Bonnie Jardin of Cherryfield, right there in blueberry country, sent this recipe back in 2007 when we were discussing blueberry cake. “I know you’re looking for blueberry cake recipes,” she wrote, “but I couldn’t resist sending along this one for Blueberry Posset. My mother learned of this dish from an old-time Mainer many years ago; it is one of our family treasures.”
Persevering through tough jobs
Bangor Daily News - 8/21/2009.
By Meg Adams – Lorenzo began his life as a migrant worker at age 7. He has hauled watermelons, picked apples, and bent over the vines of tomato plants to pluck the round fruits on endless, hot days.
Getting Real About The High Cost Of Cheap Food
Time Magazine - 8/21/2009.
The U.S. agricultural industry can now produce unlimited quantities of meat and grains at remarkably cheap prices. But it does so at a high cost to the environment, animals and humans. Those hidden prices are the creeping erosion of our fertile farmland, cages for egg-laying chickens so packed that the birds can't even raise their wings and the scary rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria among farm animals. Add to the price tag the acceleration of global warming — our energy-intensive food system uses 19% of U.S. fossil fuels, more than any other sector of the economy.
Atrazine acts in the brain to disrupt the hormones that trigger ovulation
Environmental Health News - 8/20/2009.
Synopsis by Heather Patisaul, Ph.D. – The common and highly-used herbicide atrazine can act within the brain to disrupt the cascade of hormone signals needed to initiate ovulation, finds a study with rats published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction.
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